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found himself travelling by express train to support the candidature of that obnoxious individual. Parnell was also accompanied by Mr. Sexton, Mr. Campbell, and Mr. J. J. O'Kelly.
Mr. Biggar was enjoying a hearty breakfast when the news reached Gal way that Parnell was en route for the city of the Tribes. 'What will we do with Parnell?' asked Mr. Healy. ' Mob him, sir,' said Mr. Biggar, ' mob him.' Long before the train bearing the Chief and his staff arrived an angry multitude had gathered at the railway station. Parnell's visits to the provinces in Ireland wore generally like the progress of a sovereign enthroned in the hearts of the nation. Everywhere ho was received with reverence, joy, enthusiasm. But the mob at the Gahvay railway station on February 0 was forbidding, sullen, fierce. How would they receive the Chief? Would they mob him? The train at length steamed into the terminus. The mob growled. .Parnell alighted. The crowd scanned him and his companions closely, but not an angry or a disrespectful word was addressed to the * uncrowned king/ It was clear, however, that llu; mob were looking for someone with no friendly intent. The object of their search soon appeared. Then tlu re was a yell of passion, a fierce rush, and Mr. T. P. O'Connor was struck at by the foremost man in the throng and nearly swept off his feet. With the true instinct of Connaught peasants, these Galway electors made their late member responsible in the first degree for what had happened, lie should have communicated with them, ascertained their views, advised Parnell of their desire to have a local candidate, and saved them from the indignity of being compelled to accept the detested Whig. Mr. O'Connor had done none of these things. Worse still, he had begun by
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